Although the new iPhone 4 adapted to the Verizon CDMA network is still a month away from being released in the US and there is not the slightest indication that the new antenna design previously filtered can be scaled to the UMTSGSM model distributed so far (the only one compatible with the networks used in Spain), it is not superfluous to start asking about its possible benefits and defects.
Firstly, the new design modifies the position of the division zones from the top to the sides and although its reason for being is to adapt the original design to the frequencies used by CDMA networks, it seems clear that as you can see in the image above it also ends the famous antennagate by eliminating the bottom part of the equation. We do not know if the first or the second option represented in the image has been used, although the central scheme is the most probable.
As you can see, while in the UMTSGSM design the left side and part of the top area are used by the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS antenna, in the Verizon design everything points to the fact that the size of this antenna has been reduced to give the entire top and right side to the CDMA antenna. Will Apple have sacrificed part of the Wi-Fi and GPS reception in favor of voice coverage? It’s possible, although hopefully not at critical levels.
Returning to the main question of whether we are facing the solution of the antennagate, the answer seems to be a nuanced yes. The first tests carried out by the attendees of the Verizon presentation confirm that no change in the signal level is detected regardless of how we hold the phone, but it is also true that the network of this company, even with its defects, is much more extended and enjoys better coverage, a factor that has been key to the antennagate from the beginning.
Now, will this antenna design work in UMTSGSM networks? No, not at all. If Apple decides to launch a new iPhone this year in Europe it will be the iPhone 5 , not a modified version of the current one which would also necessarily differ from Verizon’s to accommodate the micro-SIM card again and operate in our own networks. If you were waiting for something like this my advice is not to wait any longer… or to keep waiting until summer when, most likely, Steve will be back on stage to present the next generation.
Or maybe not? The launch of this iPhone 4 CDMA in January raises questions about the possibility of launching a new model in June in two versions, one for each type of network. According to Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, they feel a “huge respect for Verizon and the loyalty it has earned from its customers” , a loyalty that could feel betrayed if you are caught with a phone whose expiration date is five or six months.